Heirloom-Basil Spaghetti

Summer is almost over but it is still upon us. Let’s embrace it! This is a super easy, incredibly delicious dish. For me, vine ripen tomatoes and grapes tomatoes are nostalgic. When I was a kid, my grandmother had a garden. Yes, in north Philadelphia, she had a garden! It was a community garden in…

Mashed Yuca (cassava)

Yuca, or Cassava, is a starchy root vegetable. Growing up, my mom peeled it like a potato, cut it into 2-inch pieces and drizzle it with olive oil. It was, traditionally, served with cod fish or pernil (pork).  Today, I usually boil the yuca the way my mom did, smother it with sauted onions and…